The 3 Arsenal players already eliminated from Euro 2024

  • 3 of the 11 Arsenal players at Euro 2024 will not be playing in knockouts
  • Jakub Kiwior's Poland first nation eliminated
  • Oleksandr Zinchenko's Ukraine picked up four points but finished bottom of Group E
Oleksandr Zinchenko's Ukraine were mightily unfortunate to exit Euro 2024
Oleksandr Zinchenko's Ukraine were mightily unfortunate to exit Euro 2024 / Marvin Ibo Guengoer - GES Sportfoto/GettyImages

Arsenal have never had more representatives at a European Championships than they've had in Germany this summer. 11 Gunners started the tournament with hopes of making their respective countries proud, but three have been eliminated at the first hurdle.

Euro 2024's flawed 24-team format means just eight nations have failed to make it into the knockouts with four third-place teams advancing from the group stages.

It hasn't exactly been the most prosperous of tournaments for the Gunners thus far. While William Saliba has been consistent at the heart of France's defence, Bukayo Saka and Declan Rice have each endured up-and-down campaigns, Kai Havertz peaked on Matchday 1, while Leandro Trossard has struggled mightily for an underperforming Belgium.

Arsenal's heavy-hitters have advanced into the round of 16, but three will be returning to London Colney to begin their pre-season preparations. Here are the Gunners who've already been eliminated from Euro 2024.

1. Jakub Kiwior

Kiwior gave away a penalty against France / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/GettyImages

Expectations were low for Kiwior's Poland heading into the tournament, and it certainly wasn't a major surprise that they were the first team eliminated having lost their opening two games.

The Poles were hamstrung by Robert Lewandowski's absence for the first 150 minutes of the group stage, with the country's all-time record scorer nursing an injury which limited his impact in Germany.

Kiwior played every minute of Poland's campaign, recording the most completed passes and most combined tackles and interceptions in the squad. However, he did give away a penalty on Matchday 3 against France when he brought down Ousmane Dembele in the box.

2. Kieran Tierney

Kieran Tierney
Tierney picked up an injury on Matchday 2 / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

Tierney's tournament peaked about three minutes in when he celebrated the winning of a goal-kick rather humorously before Scotland succumbed to a 5-1 beatdown at the hands of hosts Germany on opening night.

It was a miserable campaign for the Scots, and Tierney wasn't a part of their Matchday 3 defeat to Hungary after he sustained a hamstring injury against Switzerland.

Arsenal, rather selfishly, will hope that the defender's latest setback doesn't hinder their chances of selling Tierney this summer.

3. Oleksandr Zinchenko

Oleksandr Zinchenko
A crestfallen Zinchenko / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Ukraine's elimination was cruel, but, in truth, Serhey Rebrov's talented squad struggled to find any rhythm in Germany.

The revered Artem Dovbyk and highly-rated Heorhiy Sudakov struggled to perform. They were always on the back foot following their stunning 3-0 defeat to Romania on Matchday 1, but they rallied in the second half against Slovakia to keep their chances of progressing alive.

Zinchenko recorded an assist to help overturn a 1-0 half-time deficit on Matchday 2.

However, a stalemate with Belgium wasn't enough for Ukraine to advance with four points. All teams finished level in Group E, but Ukraine's inferior goal difference meant they finished bottom of the group.